david-a-bednar-large“(Matthew 4:11 & JST comparison) One of the greatest indicators of righteous character is the capacity to recognize and appropriately respond to other people who are experiencing the very challenge or adversity that is most immediately and forcefully pressing upon us. Character is revealed, for example, in the power to discern the suffering of other people when we ourselves are suffering; in the ability to detect the hunger of others when we are hungry; and the power to reach out and extend comparison for the spiritual agony of others when we are in the midst of our own spiritual distress. Therefore, character is demonstrated by looking, turning, and reaching outward when the instinctive response of the ‘natural man’ in each of us is to turn inward and to be selfish and self-absorbed. And the Savior of the world is the source, the standard and the ultimate criterion of moral character and the perfect example of charity and consistency.”
– David A. Bednar